Blue skies, warm sun and a gentle breeze can mean only one thing; it’s summertime on the coast.
The long summer days offer up a whole range of fun activities and days out for families, from gigglesome family theatre and intriguing trails, to adventurous outdoor experiences for curious kids; you’ll be sure to find something for all members of your family to enjoy.
1. Watch a show at Thorington Theatre
Experiencing an outdoor production can be a great way to introduce little ones to live theatre; these loud, bold interactive shows are a world away from hushed auditoriums and allocated seats. The stunning Thorington Theatre can be found deep in the Suffolk countryside, near Southwold and offers an amphitheatre experience with added eco-friendly credentials.
There’s a smorgasbord of family theatre on offer this Summer with a magical adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, the summer pantomime Summertime Cinders and a unique re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, all playing come rain or shine in this atmospheric setting. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and head down to the woods for a wonderful surprise.
2. Follow the Yarn Bomb Trail in Felixstowe
If you enjoy collecting clues and solving puzzles, head to Felixstowe where local artist Debby Cloud has created 10 unique knitted creations for you to spot around the town. Participants can collect a trail sheet and head off into the town centre and along the seafront to track down Felix the Seagull and his friends who are cunningly hidden here and there.
With names to collect, a big puzzle to be solved and prizes to be won this day out will also take you on a delightful ramble around Felixstowe’s friendly town, ending up at the tourist information beach hut. Afterwards, head to Beach Street and tuck into an array of street food and followed by sweet treats from The Little Ice Cream Company.
3. Summer Fun at Aldeburgh Museum
There are fun activities for all at the quirky Aldeburgh Museum this Summertime. Join local historian and storyteller of yore, Dave Tonge, aka The Yarnsmith of Norwich, as he regales audiences young and old with entertaining stories inspired by local history. Take shelter from the sun under a colourful medieval style tent and hear about lazy long-limbed lads and poor penniless pedlars! Tickets cost just two pounds and the amount is deductible from your museum entry fee.
4. Landguard Wildlife Discovery Days
Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe is a treasure trove of wildlife for anyone interested in nature. The Wildlife Discovery days hosted by Landguard Nature Reserve give visitors the opportunity to get up close to discover Landguard’s wildlife as well as go on a guided nature walk with a knowledgeable ranger, explore touch tables and do some nature themed arts and crafts. Go on a scavenger hunt and see what treasures you can uncover, all of this for free, just turn up and take part.
For the eighth year in a row, stately Glemham Hall plays host to FolkEast Festival. With heaps of space to run around, a Covid secure one way system and all the festival regulars, this is certainly an excellent event for families to enjoy.
Take in the live music and vibrant atmosphere and enjoy activities for youngsters, including workshops, arts and crafts and interactive activities. There’s hassle free camping if you want to stay and enjoy the whole weekend, or spend a day at the Festival followed by a day exploring the stunning Suffolk countryside with a day pass.
6. Framlingham Country Show
There’s something for everybody at Framlingham Country Show with animals and livestock to see and meet, as well as music, stalls, arts and crafts and family friendly activities to have a go at.
Youngsters can enjoy Punch and Judy, magic shows, a petting zoo and much, much more besides. Rumbling tummies will be satisfied by the many food and drink stalls at the festival of food, with new flavours to try and old favourites to buy. The main ring is jam-packed with things to see, from daring displays to competitions and informative talks, you’ll never be short of something to see or do.
7. Olympic Brick Trail at Felixstowe Museum
To celebrate Tokyo 2020, Felixstowe Museum are hosting the fantastic Olympic Brick Trail. Follow the trail around the museum, taking in the exhibits showcasing Felixstowe’s rich history and take note of every carefully constructed brick athlete, adding them to your trail sheet. Find them all and collect a yummy reward! No need to book, just turn up on Sundays and Wednesdays and purchase a trail card for just one pound.
8. Maverick Festival
Make your way to Easton Farm Park for a family friendly celebration of Americana Roots Music at the Maverick Festival. With 6 stages, indoor and out and over 40 artists from around the UK, USA and Canada you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the spirit of blues, indie, country and bluegrass. There’s plenty to keep youngsters busy and entertained too, with films, workshops and activities, as well as lots of space to run around and play.
Stay for the whole weekend, camping out under the stars or in one of the bell tents or teepees available for hire. Dogs are welcome too, so bring your four-legged friend along to join in the fun.